Hackbright Academy Names Sharon Wienbar As CEO

Sharon Wienbar Hackbright Academy, the 12-week computer science program that trains women to become software engineers, has a new chief executive officer. Effective today, ScaleVP partner Sharon Wienbar is taking over as CEO, effectively replacing Hackbright Academy founder David Phillips, who will remain an active chairperson on the board of directors. “Hackbright has an enormous opportunity to… Read More

Kapor Capital Invests $100,000 In Three People Operations Startups

people-ops Kapor Capital, in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs and Village Capital, hosted a pitch competition earlier today in Oakland, Calif. for startups working on revamping the old-school human resources industry and working on technology to mitigate bias in the hiring process. The judges, Kapor Capital Partner Freada Kapor Klein, Shauntel Poulson of Reach Capital and Laurence… Read More

POCIT: 7 Black Engineers You Need To Know

Ashley Nelson-Hornstein There’s a misconception in Silicon Valley that there aren’t enough talented black and Latino people to hire. My intention with this weekly series, People of Color in Tech (POCIT), to highlight the up-and-coming people of color in tech, as well as the people of color who are already making waves in the industry. Don’t hesitate, and please feel encouraged to send me your… Read More

Twitter SVP Of Engineering On His Comments About Diversity: “I Did A Poor Job Communicating”

roetter alex twitter Twitter SVP of Engineering Alex Roetter had been relatively silent in the hours and days following Leslie Miley’s post about leaving Twitter due to concerns around race, diversity and inclusion. Well, that just changed.  But, in case you haven’t been following, here’s a quick TL;DR about what happened. Miley was the only black engineer in a leadership position at Twitter.… Read More

JavaScript App Platform Meteor Announces Scholarship For High School Girls To Learn How To Code

women of color in tech coding JavaScript framework startup Meteor has a new scholarship program in partnership with the Flatiron School to teach computer science to high school girls from underrepresented backgrounds. As part of the scholarship, Meteor and Flatiron are giving 15 students free access to a 12-week web development and design course. The course, which is valued at $1,500, teaches students HTML5, CSS3,… Read More

Inneract Project Teaches Underserved Kids Design And Technology

maurice woods Design plays just as big of a role in technology as computer science. That’s why it’s no coincidence that boatloads of successful startups have designers on their founding teams. Since 2010, 27 designer-founded startups have been acquired by large tech companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Adobe, Dropbox and LinkedIn, according to the Design In Tech Report, produced by… Read More

ArtLifting Raises $1.1 Million To Help The Homeless Sell Their Art

Copy of ArtLifting, January 2014 new artists 071 ArtLifting, an online art marketplace for homeless, disabled and other disadvantaged people to sell their artwork, recently raised a $1.1 million seed round from Toms Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, angel investor Joanne Wilson, author and entrepreneur Eric Ries, social impact accelerator Tumml and others. “It’s exciting to see entrepreneurs focusing on strengths in our communities… Read More

Facebook Launches TechPrep To Grow The Pipeline By Empowering Black And Latino Parents

facebook techprep Facebook is launching TechPrep, a new initiative in partnership with McKinsey & Company, to offer resources like tutorials, videos and games for parents to help their kids pursue careers in computer programming. Although TechPrep is generally a resource hub for learners, parents and guardians interested in careers in tech, Facebook is first focusing on communities where there are high… Read More

Facebook Launches TechPrep To Grow The Pipeline By Empowering Black And Latino Parents

facebook techprep Facebook is launching TechPrep, a new initiative in partnership with McKinsey & Company, to offer resources like tutorials, videos and games for parents to help their kids pursue careers in computer programming. Although TechPrep is generally a resource hub for learners, parents and guardians interested in careers in tech, Facebook is first focusing on communities where there are high… Read More

Slack Engineer Erica Baker: Diversity Efforts Need To Extend Beyond Gender

Erica Baker Erica Baker, a build and release engineer at Slack, is making waves in tech right now. She’s the ex-Google employee who released employee salary data that revealed unequal pay at Google. She’s also the one behind #RealDiversityNumbers, a Twitter movement to get companies reporting numbers around retention, number of lawsuits settled out of court, etc. And just this week… Read More